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Jozy Altidore on hold up play

Published: Saturday 20 November 2010, 17.20CET
Published: Saturday 20 November 2010, 17.20CET

Jozy Altidore on hold up play

Jozy Altidore 1:Hi! I'm Jozy Altidore, and today I'm going to show how to hold the ball up. (2 secs)

Jozy Altidore 2: As a forward it's one of your number one jobs. Obviously you want to score goals, but you're not going to score every game. So the most important thing you can do aside from scoring is holding up the ball, and bringing your team-mates into the game. And to do that you have to be strong; not only strong, not always strong in the sense of big muscles, but strong in the sense that you know where to put your body at the right time, and how to keep your defender away. (17 secs)

Jozy Altidore 3: I would say the first thing is to always know your defenders. I think that's huge. When you know where he is, that can dictate where you want to go with the ball. Good defenders make it tough on you, they kind of keep their distance and make you try to feel for them. But that's also what a good striker does, he knows where his defender is, and he can get there before him, keep distance from him, from the ball. (17 secs)

Jozy Altidore 4: Depending how big you are, depending how long your legs are in my case – I have pretty long legs…. – but for the most part, you want the ball to be at least a good foot away from you. So in the sense it’s right there, that way you time as well, after your first touch, to then decide what you want to do with it. If you have a good first touch, you can put it like that, and then possibly turn the defender; or like I said, you can go the other way. I mean, there are a lot of things you can do, but the most important thing is to secure the ball first, before choosing your next pass. (29 secs)

Jozy Altidore 5: Now as the ball comes towards you, use your arms and your body to shield the ball. (4 secs)

Jozy Altidore 6: So now we are going to take a look at the ball coming in from different angles around the area. (3 secs)

Jozy Altidore 7: See the ball is on the ground here, you have to use your body and your arms to keep space between you, the ball, and the defender. (5 secs)

Jozy Altidore 8: Sometimes the ball might come in high….. You have to adjust, and use your body and your legs to shield the ball. (9 secs)

Jozy Altidore 9:
Sometimes the ball comes in low and hard….
A good first touch will help you hold off the defender, along with using your strength and your arms. (8 secs)

Jozy Altidore 10: So here, you've got to use your body, you've got to use your arms, to protect the ball, especially around the area, to create opportunities for the other people. (5 secs)

Jozy Altidore 11: For me, and actually I think for most, the best in the world, the worst… the easiest way for a defender to get the ball is when you approach it straight on. Because the defender can either come around, like that, and stick his foot out, or the other side. So what most coaches will tell you do is, to approach the ball kind of side on. So that way, you keep the defender at a distance, and as well you keep the ball in a place where you can play it to one side or the other. And you know, the more talented players in the world can approach it any way they want, and they have the confidence in different ways, when the ball comes in, to turn one way and go this way… they can also turn this way and go that way… and they can do a lot of things… let it roll…. nutmeg the defender…. All of that comes from when you gain your confidence. So the first thing you should master is how to approach the ball, and how to really get the ball under control before you choose your next pass.  (46 secs)

Jozy Altidore 12: The most difficult ones are the ones that come to the chest. But at the same time you have to make sure you concentrate and bring it down softly, so it gives you a chance to be ahead of the defender. (6 secs)

Jozy Altidore 13: That’s the hardest bit in my opinion, because it kind of gives the defender a chance, after your touch, to get the ball. Good defenders almost let you bring it down, and after, reach around and try to get it. So the toughest part in my opinion is to bring the ball down in a sense where you can….. if you can throw it in to me….. you can….. you can then chest it in a way where you can bring it away from the defender, or in most cases, a lot of the times, you put it in a way where only you can get it. So I think it takes a lot of practice to do that, but when you master it I think it’s a skill that’s definitely going to be worth a lot. (30 secs)

Jozy Altidore 14: Lastly, when you get the confidence after 2 or 3 balls coming in to you, you get the confidence and you can feel like you can turn the guy. And that's when you're at your most dangerous. (7 secs)

Jozy Altidore 15: You have to learn how to use your body on both sides. So even on your left foot, you feel as confident as your right. Because you better have both, that's what the best in the world do. Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, they're all good with both feet. So keep practising. (10 secs)

Jozy Altidore 16: The most important thing is: stay down low… keep the ball at a good distance… and then when you’ve feel you got the defender on the wrong foot, you turn. (5 secs)

Jozy Altidore 17: And that… is my guide to holding the ball up. (2 secs)

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